Kasson Manufacturing was founded in the 1983, and they came close to a bankruptcy in 2003. Their lender, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, foreclosed on all outstanding loans, which forced the sale of the company's assets. You will see references in other forums of an actual bankruptcy occurring, but it did not.
Many players have suggested that Kasson uses a catchy sales pitch and use gimmicks such as the advertisement of "double center beam construction" to sell to less educated customers.
Others have commented on the construction of Kasson's pool tables. Apparently they made some tables where if you look at the way the cabinet is held together, you will see its similar to that of cheap furniture found at wal-mart or kmart. This comment comes from the fact that some Kasson tables used cam locks in the construction, which are commonly used in the construction of very cheap, poor furniture.
Other comments, both negative and positive, include:
- I had to refinish the table a few years after purchase.
- Pockets came loose, but then again, this happens on all makes and models.
- Bumpers have nice rebound, and aren't too fast.
- Felt installation was very similar to that of Brunswick and other high end tables. This may vary with who installs the table.
- Main supports for slate are hardwood laminated in two pieces along the longitudinal axis.
- The slate was flat in all directions, no need for shimming between the slate and the support frame.
- I have bumped my table with my full weight, 230 lbs, balls did not budge and now I have a bruise on the hip. I love my table.
- I find the Kasson Table's cushions to be very hard, and had to change to a different cushion.
- I just had a kasson pool table installed. It was cost effective, took about 2 hours, and the installers did a great job. The table is rock solid and completely level, even with an uneven floor.
- Kasson Billiard Tables aren't that bad - I've had one, and find that they are middle of the road. Worth the money, but with pool tables, you get what you pay for generally.
- I sold used tables for a living, and Kasson billiard tables came up often. They have a good resale value generally, and were fairly popular. They seem to be fairly well known.
Take these for what they are worth really. Have you actually seen the table you are thinking about buying, in person.